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  1. [adjective] marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws; "a critical attitude"

  2. [adjective] at or of a point at which a property or phenomenon suffers an abrupt change especially having enough mass to sustain a chain reaction; "a critical temperature of water is 100 degrees C

  3. [adjective] characterized by careful evaluation and judgment; "a critical reading"; "a critical dissertation"; "a critical analysis of Melville's writings"

  4. [adjective] urgently needed; absolutely necessary; "a critical element of the plan"; "critical medical supplies"; "vital for a healthy society"; "of vital interest"
    Synonyms: vital

  5. [adjective] forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis; "a critical point in the campaign"; "the critical test"
    Synonyms: decisive

  6. [adjective] being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency; "a critical shortage of food"; "a critical illness"; "an illness at the critical stage"

  7. [adjective] of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism; "critical acclaim"


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